"Fairground" is a 1995 single released by Simply Red from the album Life. The song makes extensive use of a sample of The Goodmen's "Give It Up".

Video

The video (which uses the shorter single version) shows Mick Hucknall driving to and singing at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in Blackpool, Lancashire, that had been closed for the day and had been invaded by a group of his friends and opened up again. The majority of the video was shot on the Pepsi Max Big One and around the park, and some scenes are shot on the Promenade showing the Illuminations in 1994. Filming credits go to the single cameraman, Steven Young.

Chart performance

It was the first and only single by the group to reach No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] It spent four weeks at the top,[1] and fourteen weeks in the Top 40. The track also reached No. 1 in Ireland and made the Top 10 in Italy, Austria and The Netherlands. A remix by Soulshock and Karlin was included on the US single release and received moderate success on R&B Radio, but failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

Track listings

CD maxi
  1. "Fairground" (single edit) — 4:23
  2. "Fairground" (extended single mix) — 5:32
  3. "Stars" (live) — 4:12
  4. "The Right Thing" (live) — 4:31
12" maxi
  1. "Fairground" (extended single mix) — 5:32
  2. "Fairground" (too precious remix) — 7:50
  3. "Fairground" (rollo and sister bliss remix) — 9:42
CD maxi - Remixes
  1. "Fairground" (single edit)
  2. "Fairground" (extended single mix)
  3. "Fairground" (in the garden mix)
  4. "Fairground" (too precious remix)
  5. "Fairground" (rollo and sister bliss remix)
CD single
  1. "Fairground" (single edit) — 4:23
  2. "Fairground" (in the garden mix) — 5:32

Charts and sales

Chart successions

Preceded by
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UK Singles Chart number-one single
24 September 1995 – 21 October 1995
Succeeded by
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Irish IRMA number-one single
30 September 1995 (1 week)
Succeeded by
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References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 "Fairground", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved 18 February 2008)
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  4. Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie Script error: No such module "webarchive". (Retrieved 18 February 2008)
  5. UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved 2 August 2008)
  6. Billboard Billboard.com (Retrieved 25 July 2009)
  7. 1995 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart Ultratop.be Script error: No such module "webarchive". (Retrieved 3 August 2008)
  8. 1995 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be Script error: No such module "webarchive". (Retrieved 3 August 2008)
  9. 1995 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com Script error: No such module "webarchive". (Retrieved 30 January 2009)
  10. 1995 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch Script error: No such module "webarchive". (Retrieved 3 August 2008)
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External links

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